JACKSON TWP. While the Olde Stark Antique Faire at the Stark County Fairgrounds has been selling antiques for more than three decades, it is changing with the times and the market.
The show boasts over 100 antique dealers from northeast Ohio and out-of-state. The latest show was Oct. 12 and 13 with the next show scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10. The show has been well known for offering quality antiques and collectibles but in recent years shoppers can find vintage items for sale.
“The antiques market has changed over the years," said coordinator Barbara Garduno. “There are plenty of dealers here with antiques and collectibles, but in recent years, we started accepting dealers with vintage items from the mid-century including the 1950s, 60s and 70s.”
The market change has occurred because younger people who shop at the show like to buy vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture and linens.
“Vintage furniture often sells at a lower price and the buyer will usually refurbish or repurpose the items. The like new condition and the prices of the linens have caught the attention of many shoppers and vintage linens are popular right now,” Garduno said.
Other items buyers found at the show include pottery, china, glass, toys, political items, costumer jewelry and old tools. Plus, shoppers found plenty of silver and brass items, watches, art glass and crystal, vintage books and prints, postcards and coins, advertising and toys and dolls.
With the holidays coming up, two vendors sharing a booth were selling vintage holiday items. Alan Hoops and Matt Garman were selling vintage candle sets, Annalee Santas with painted faces from the mid-1970s to 2000s and there was a somewhat rare Dr. Pepper advertisement Santa from the 1950s or 60s.
There was also a vendor selling antique oil lamps from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Another vendor, Jane Yousey from Canton, was selling a vintage tea set and collectibles such as salt and pepper shakers.
There were a number of vendors offering antique and vintage jewelry and watches. Charles and Jerome Billitier from Jackson Township had several tables set up with items from their mother’s estate including many vintage jewelry pieces.
Their mother lived to 102 years old and the brothers said she continued to collect jewelry until she turned 100.
The show has become a tradition in Stark County. It has been open four times a year for more than 30 years. Garduno said the vendors always do a good job of setting up their displays and offering items of interest to shoppers. She said that the shows have offered something for everybody over the years.